Pines Calyx, The Pines Garden  - Image courtesy of The Bay Trust

The Pines Garden

Pines Garden

This six acre garden has many fine features, including a cascade and adjoining lake, a specially created grass labyrinth and an organic kitchen garden with over 40 different species of fruit and vegetables. There are extensive paths for buggy and wheelchair access, and lots of seating for visitors to come and relax at any time of the year. Dogs are allowed but must be on a lead.

The Pines Garden has been run organically since the Spring 2002. This is far more than just not using herbicides and pesticides. It involves working in harmony with nature’s systems, composting, recycling waste materials and learning how to use natural predators to control pests. Entrance to the garden is by donation.

Featured in the Pines Garden is the award-winning conference, training and events centre, The Pines Calyx. The building is an exemplar in low carbon design, blending centuries old construction methods with 21st Century technologies. The Pines Calyx is also available for private hire and has a licence for wedding and other ceremonies.

Ensure that you take the time to relax in the Pines Garden Tea Room, which serves hot and cold drinks, freshly made sandwiches, light lunches and delicious homemade cakes. Our tea room is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm.

Visit our recently refurbished museum to discover what it was like for those in St Margaret's Bay during World War II, living in Hellfire Corner. There are interesting exhibits, local history displays, and a literary corner.

Our latest initiative, The Pines Garden Gallery, opened in February 2020. Located at the back of the tea room and museum, the gallery features work from local artists who work with themes focused on nature, biodiversity, marine environments, flora and fauna.


Entrance to the garden is by donation. Suggested minimum amounts:

  • Adults £4
  • Concessions £2.50
  • Children £1.50

Opening times

  • Garden open daily 10am-5pm, except Christmas Day
  • The Tea Room and Museum
    • April to September: Open daily
    • October to March: Wednesday to Sunday



  • The Pines Garden, Tea Room & Museum, Beach Road, St Margarets Bay, Dover, Kent, CT15 6DZ
  • See location on Google maps.
  • Map reference: TR 366440 Lat: 51.14808 Long: 1.38299
  • From Dover/Deal Road (A258) take the turning to St Margaret's village. Drive straight through the village towards the sea, drop down towards the Bay and it is your last turning on the right before going down to the sea.
  • Parking : free
  • Nearest station : 3 miles (4.8 kms) from Martin Mill station
  • Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 

Image Credit: The Bay Trust